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Honolulu, Hawaii
United States
BrandingPBS Hawai'i
SloganHome is Here.
ChannelsDigital: 11 (VHF)
Virtual: 11 (PSIP)
AffiliationsPBS (1970–present)
OwnerHawaii Public Television Foundation
First air dateApril 15, 1966 (53 years ago) (1966-04-15)
Call letters' meaningHawaii
Former channel number(s)Analog:
11 (VHF, 1966–2009)
18 (UHF, until 2009)
Former affiliationsNET (1966–1970)
Transmitter power15.7 kW
Height625 m (2,051 ft)
Facility ID26431
Transmitter coordinates21°24′3″N 158°6′10″W / 21.40083°N 158.10278°W / 21.40083; -158.10278
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license informationProfile
(Satellite of KHET)
Wailuku, Hawaii
United States
Brandingsee KHET infobox
Slogansee KHET infobox
ChannelsDigital: 10 (VHF)
Virtual: 10 (PSIP)
  • 10.1: PBS
  • 10.2: PBS Kids / NHK World
  • 10.3: PBS Kids 24/7
AffiliationsPBS (1970–present)
OwnerHawaii Public Television Foundation
First air dateSeptember 22, 1966 (52 years ago) (1966-09-22)
Call letters' meaningMaui
Former channel number(s)Analog:
10 (VHF, 1966–2009)
30 (UHF, until 2009)
Former affiliationsNET (1966–1970)
Transmitter power21.2 kW
Height747 m (2,451 ft)
Facility ID26428
Transmitter coordinates20°39′37″N 156°21′46″W / 20.66028°N 156.36278°W / 20.66028; -156.36278 (KMEB)
Licensing authorityFCC
Public license information
Satellite of KHET) Profile

Satellite of KHET) CDBS

KHET, virtual and VHF digital channel 11, branded as PBS Hawai'i, is a Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) member television station licensed to Honolulu, Hawaii, United States. The station is owned by the Hawaii Public Television Foundation, which is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. For almost 50 years, KHET's studios were located on Dole Street on the campus of the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Honolulu. In 2016, the station moved to its current location on Sand Island Access Road, in a renovated and expanded facility and former site of KFVE (channel 9) and KHNL (channel 13).[1] KHET's main transmitter is located on Palehua Ridge, north of Makakilo.[2]

The station's signal is relayed across the rest of the state outside Oahu and metropolitan Honolulu on full-powered satellite KMEB (virtual and VHF digital channel 10) in Wailuku on Maui (with transmitter on the summit of Haleakala) and through a network of low-powered translators on the other Hawaiian Islands. It can also be seen statewide on Oceanic Spectrum channel 11 (10 on Oahu) and digital channel 1010 in high definition, and on Hawaiian Telcom channel 11.

Station history[edit]

KHET signed on the air for the first time on April 15, 1966; KMEB followed on six months later on September 22 of that year. KHET is the second outlet in Honolulu to occupy the channel 11 dial position, the first being KONA-TV from 1952 to 1955, when it moved to channel 2 because the higher VHFs (2 to 6) offered more ERPs at the time; that station is now KHON-TV. Had KONA not moved to channel 2, the channel would have remained a commercial allocation, as the FCC had intended to make channel 7 a non-commercial allocation for Honolulu in the first assignment, but the FCC relocated channel 7 to Wailuku in 1959 and made channel 11 a non-commercial allocation instead (the Wailuku allocation was likely intended to be on channel 8). Originally known on-air as "Hawaii Educational Television" (or "Hawaii ETV"), it rebranded as "Hawaii Public Television" in 1970 and then became "PBS Hawai'i" in 2003. PBS Hawaii broadcasts 24 hours a day on cable television, but airs only from 5 a.m. to 12 a.m. daily on its over-the-air broadcast signal; this makes it one of the few remaining television stations in the United States that continues to sign off during the overnight hours.

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The stations' digital signals are multiplexed:

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[3][4]
11.1 / 10.1 1080i 16:9 KHET-1 Main programming / PBS
11.2 / 10.2 480i KHET-2 PBS Kids (5 a.m.–6 p.m.)
NHK World (6 p.m.–midnight)
11.3 / 10.3 KHET-3 PBS Kids

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

Both stations discontinued regular programming on their analog signals, respectively on January 15, 2009, the date in which full-power television stations in Hawai'i transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts (six months earlier than the June 12 transition date for stations on the U.S. mainland):[5]

  • KHET discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over VHF channel 11; the station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 18 to VHF channel 11.
  • KMEB discontinued regular programming on its analog signal, over VHF channel 10; the station's digital signal relocated from its pre-transition UHF channel 30 to VHF channel 10.

The station's digital transmitter operates at 9.5 kW (versus 148 kW for its analog signal).[6]


PBS Hawai'i operates the following low-powered translator stations:

City of license Callsign Channel
Anahola K36IJ-D 36
Hakalau K50JT-D 36
Hanalei K29HL-D 29
Hilo K28JV-D 28
Kilauea Military Camp K41JT-D 17
Kilauea K34IS-D 34
Lihue K30JE-D 30
Mauna Loa K19JW-D 19
Naalehu K31IZ-D 31
South Point K35II-D 35
Waimea K28JM-D 28
Waipake K21IA-D 21


  1. ^ "PBS Hawaii - NEW HOME Campaign". Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  2. ^ FCC information for KHET
  3. ^ "RabbitEars.Info". Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  4. ^ "RabbitEars.Info". Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  5. ^ "DTV Tentative Channel Designations for the First and Second Rounds" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-08-29. Retrieved 2012-03-24.
  6. ^ "HDHawaii PBS information". Retrieved 29 September 2016.

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